Van Halen's original singer David Lee Roth and his band mates, who recently announced a 2012 reunion tour, have been secretly rehearsing together for at least two months and have already recorded a new single and music video, a famous Los Angeles club has confirmed.
The rock band, which rose to fame in the 1980s with songs such as "Jump" and "Runnin' With The Devil," had earlier this year said it planned a new album with Roth, who left the group in 1985. On Monday, three videos of the singer performing on a stage with Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, and Wolfgang Van Halen were posted on the group's website. A message announced a 2012 tour.
The footage was shot at the Roxy Theatre, a popular club in Los Angeles' Sunset Strip area that boasts several music venues where famous musicians launched their careers.
"For the past 2 months VAN HALEN has been rehearsing here 2-3 times a week!!!!!!" said a message on the club's website on Thursday, December 29. "Do you have any idea how hard that was to not tell you?? When you come in at 10:00AM and David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, and Wolfgang Van Halen are on stage with 3 other people in the room playing 'Running With The Devil' and you can't say anything?! It's tough, to put it simply."
"It all began with a 3 day video shoot for their newest single that you don't know about yet (shhh) and we were all geeking out like never before," the message added. "Little did we know, the guys had fallen in love with the room and decided to rehearse for their upcoming unannounced tour for the next 2 months!"
Rumors of a Van Halen reunion began around November after Roth and the Van Halen musicians appeared at the Roxy Theatre and posed for photos with executives from Interscope Records. It was also reported that the group is working on a new record produced by Ross Hogarth that could hit stores as early as February.
In the promotional videos posted on Van Halen's website, Roth, ever the showman, wears a flashy jacket, goggles and overalls, waves a giant flag and a stick and showcases his best dance moves.
"My favorite Van Halen moment was when I came out of the kitchen and they were doing Panama, one of the venue's employees, Lizzy Stadler, said in the club's message. "I was one of the only people standing in the room by the stage. David Lee Roth looked at me, smiled, and waved. I thought to myself "that is the only time in life I will know David Lee Roth was actually singing to me."
Roth, 57, became Van Halen's lead singer after the band formed in the early 1970s. Around 1985, the group broke up and Roth concentrated on a solo career. Sammy Hagar replaced him and helped the band score hits such as "Dreams" and "Why Can't This Be Love."
Hagar left the group in 1996. That year, the Van Halen brothers reunited with Roth on stage at the MTV Movie Awards. They ultimately parted ways with him again, later introducing Gary Cherone of the group Extreme as the new lead singer of Van Halen. The group never achieved the kind of success it enjoyed in the 1980s.
In 2004, the band reunited with Hagar for a record and a tour. Hagar left again a year later and formed the supergroup Chickenfoot with bassist Michael Anthony. Wolfgang Van Halen then replaced him.
Van Halen reunited with Roth in 2007 and embarked on a tour that ended in June 2008. Several dates were postponed after Eddie Van Halen, 56, entered rehab for unspecified reasons. The guitarist had throughout the years battled several medical ailments. He underwent hip replacement surgery in 1999 and had part of his tongue removed in 2001 to treat a cancerous growth.
Hagar and Roth also toured together in 2002. Hagar has in recent years slammed Roth, saying he is a better singer. He told MTV that Roth is "not a nice guy at all" and is "just an act." He has not commented about the recent Van Halen reunion.